• sabeeha9

Hey, I'm Sabeeha!

I am super happy to join the Calderas Counseling team! I can’t wait to get to know y’all, but here’s a little bit about myself first!

Before college, I had only been superficially interested in psychology. I liked knowing what people were thinking and how they felt, but I possessed little curiosity to go beyond that shallow perspective. However, during a trip to a museum at UTMB, I held a brain in my hands (in a jar, of course) and everything changed. It compelled me to delve deeper. I realized that successful psychology requires such a passion to help others that one would be willing to wade and sift through everything that makes us so complex. But it was actually a journalism class that made me realize how fitting my career goals are for me.

I have always maintained an affinity for listening. Never was this ability tested more than in Dr. Kimberly Meyer’s “Immersion Journalism” class in the Honors College at University of Houston. Our semester project was a 15-20 page literary journalism piece on the topic of our choice. I chose to investigate and write about one of my psychological interests: self-harm. This involved interviewing several people whose pasts included self-harm, attending an online self-harm support group, and interviewing one of my psychology professors on his clinical experiences with self-harm. It was my first encounter involving some of the skills required for clinical psychology, like listening seriously, mindful attention, and careful questioning. I was initially worried that the severity of the topic and intimidating process of talking to people about their deepest difficulties might discourage my career goals; fortunately, I proved myself wrong. I loved it. And, more importantly, those that I interviewed enjoyed the opportunity to share their burden with someone else. Nothing has felt better.

Fast forward several years, and here we are! I am a licensed therapist (under supervision) and have found my professional niche working with children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of psychosocial concerns. My natural talent for listening has been honed through graduate training and clinical experience, and I have had the opportunity to delve into the complexities of so many people’s stories. That amazing feeling of being there for someone else has not diminished in the slightest; rather it has only grown since.

My goals have also evolved over the years to include elements of diversity. As a child of immigrants from a cultural and religious minority, my exposure to mental healthcare was limited. I want to reduce the stigma of mental illness and being in therapy, and most importantly, provide the valuable services and resources that I did not have as a child or adolescent. It has taken me a long time to feel content with who I am in my biculturality and I can only hope to help others on that journey.

Outside of work, I like to read, go on hikes around the country, and travel around the world. I am a self-professed fangirl

(ask me for fic recs) and love to exercise my creativity through henna tattoos and calligraphy. Finally, I love all things aesthetic, whether it’s fashion, interior design, or stationery.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me; I can’t wait to do the same with you!

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